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Swinburne is regarded by most people as a place with a petrol station where buses, cars and their passengers take a break whilst filling up with the necessary to complete their journey.
Actually, Swinburne is a little village just off the N3, south of Harrismith perched virtually on the edge of the Drakensberg escarpment. It lies in a very beautiful area strewn with large boulders and some bolted hiking trials. It goes largely unnoticed which is a good thing considering how few little hamlets in this particularly beautiful part of South Africa can claim obscurity as an asset.
Rensburgkop Mountain, which looms over the town is a firm favourite with climbers, mountain bikers and hikers. The Bald Ibis Hiking Trail which starts in Swinburne is one of very few weekend backpack trails close to Gauteng.
Yellow-wood forests, grassy plains and typical mountain weather that can have you pulling your windbreaker on and off depending on which season and in which hour of the day, all help contribute to a beautiful, sometimes flower strewn, countryside.
Despite the fact that Swinburne has little to offer over and above a basic shop, restaurant and pub, it is probably this very quaintness that make the town so attractive to all who stay here.
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